With less than a month to go until Class Day, we grow more excited by the day to celebrate your remarkable achievement in graduating from Columbia College. We know the pandemic has inhibited how we recognize this important milestone and we share your disappointment that we must forego many graduation traditions. However, we are excited to share some new ways in which we will bring our community together to honor all that you have accomplished.
Below you will find information about additional experiences we’ve planned for the days leading up to Class Day. All students are invited to join our new remote experiences. Due to capacity dictated by public health guidance, “limited, in-person” offerings are only open to students living on campus or locally, and who have complied with the Covid-19 spring term testing program. Non-compliant students can complete testing requirements by April 16; all students must show a Green Pass from the Reopen CU app at the event or will not be able to participate.
Further below, you'll also find additional festive ways to join your entire class in sharing memories and celebrating the excitement, even while apart.
Virtual: Senior Toasts
Friday, April 23 - Monday, April 26
Join Dean Valentini for a live, virtual toast to celebrate your final days as a Columbia College student. To reach across various time zones and countries, Dean Valentini and a local College alumni leader will host five regional toasts to coincide with 5:00 p.m. local time wherever you are.
East Coast - 5:00 p.m. EDT, Friday, April 23
Midwest - 6:00 p.m. EDT, Friday, April 23
West Coast - 8:00 p.m. EDT, Sunday, April 25
Asia - 5:00 p.m. EDT, Monday, April 26
Europe - 12:00 p.m. EDT, Monday, April 26
Stay tuned for the “The Alma Matini” recipe, a signature mocktail for the Columbia College Class of 2021, and celebratory virtual backgrounds to use when you join!
Limited, In-person: Grad Walk
Saturday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 27
Graduating students who have been living on-campus or locally and who have complied with the spring term Covid-19 testing program are eligible to sign up to have your photo taken in your regalia while crossing this year’s modified graduation stage. You will receive a complimentary photo, welcome swag from the Columbia College Alumni Association and other giveaways, as Dean Valentini and other staff cheer you on!
Eligible students will receive information to sign up for a 15-minute time slot. Up to 12 students may register for the same time slot and we encourage you to coordinate with other eligible friends to select the same time.
Limited, In-person: Celebration Dinners with Alumni
Saturday, April 24 - Friday, April 30
Graduating students who have been living on-campus or locally and who have complied with the spring term Covid-19 testing program are eligible to sign up for a small-group celebration meal hosted by a local Columbia College alum. These meals will take place in groups of 4 - 10 at eateries near campus and will adhere to public safety guidance.
Virtual: Photo Booth
Monday, April 26 - Friday, April 30
If you’re not local and can’t make it to campus, an exciting Virtual Photo Booth will be available to all graduates beginning April 26 - April 30. Beginning on April 26, you'll be able to upload a picture of yourself and superimpose a cutout into iconic Columbia University images. Get started here and please share your pictures using #Roarlions2021
Virtual and Live: Class Day Watch Gatherings
Wednesday, April 28
Join fellow graduates to watch Class Day together, either virtually or on-campus (for eligible, local students) to enjoy viewing the pre-show and ceremony in community with members of your graduating class. We encourage you to join your gathering in full regalia, with festive backgrounds and other celebratory props that will add to the atmosphere!
Virtual: Class Day
Wednesday, April 28
Invite your friends and family and tune in to virtual Class Day, the graduation ceremony celebrating your Columbia College class. The ceremony includes the reading of your name and display of your individual student slide along with the presentation of awards to individual students for outstanding achievements. Enjoy fun, celebratory messages in a pre-show before hearing remarks from President Bollinger, Dean Valentini, alumni keynote speaker Mario Van Peebles CC’78 and student leaders.
Virtual: University Commencement
Friday, April 30
In a University-wide ceremony that dates back to 1758, the President of the University will grant degrees en masse to graduating students from eighteen schools, colleges and affiliate institutions. You’ll hear remarks from President Bollinger. At the conclusion of the ceremony, you are officially a Columbia graduate!
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Other Ways to Celebrate
Class Day is a celebration of many voices, many stories and many journeys. We are embracing this year’s digital format to include more of your voices in order to show what makes this class truly one of a kind (#CC21ofakind).
Help us create the Class of 2021 memory board. Join the fun, when you:
Share your memories and photos from the past four years
Share how you’re #CC21ofakind on Instagram
Share your celebration with your local community through printed graduation signs for your yard, home or apartment window
Craft your signature mocktail recipe – the Alma Matini – at your Senior Toasts
You will soon receive more details about the above special ways for you to celebrate Class Day and to help build your class memory, through reflections, favorites moments, photos and much more.